Private George Stokes

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

6 Aug 1914

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

78 Cobden Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

United Kingdom

Grave Location

United Kingdom

War Memorial Location

Luton ward

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 13th August 1914

George Stokes, was one of the first Luton-born casualties of the war to be reported missing in the pages of the Luton News. He was serving on HMS Amphion, the first Royal Navy ship to be sunk in the conflict. Launched in December 1911, the cruiser hit a mine on August 6th while defending the eastern approaches of the English Channel.

George, who was born in Guildford Street and was the 38-year-old son of Mr William Stokes, then living with his daughter at 4 Front Row, New Town Street, Luton. Private Stokes had served in the Royal Navy for more than 19 years and was nearing the end of his service. He left a widow Jane Stokes, of 83, Oakfield Terrace Rd., Plymouth; and two children.

He had served in the South African War (Boer War).


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